Who We Are: National Independent Review Panel

The Chair of the National Independent Review Panel – Ms. Bernie McNallyB McNally

Bernie graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1985 as a professional social worker having previously completed a BSc in Psychology at University of Ulster in 1981.

Since then Bernie has worked in the Northern Ireland Health & Social Services in a variety of practice and management positions, spanning both adult and children’s social services.

In 2003 Bernie was appointed to the position of Director of Social Services/Children’s Services/Mental Health Services in North and West Belfast Health & Social Services Community Trust.  Following the amalgamation of a number of hospital and community trusts in Northern Ireland in 2007, Bernie was appointed Executive Director of Social Work/Children’s services in the newly formed Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. 

Bernie is currently also the Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI)

Panel members:

Ms. Liz ChalonerLiz Chaloner

Liz has worked in a variety of organisations and fields in the UK and Ireland throughout her career. Her work has included social work; advice and advocacy; social work education; anti-poverty and social inclusion initiatives; organisational consultancy and facilitation; and various management positions.

Liz’s profession of origin was social work, and having more recently completed an M.Sc in social research, has conducted a number of service reviews, service mappings, evaluations and investigations. This has included her role as ‘specialist consultant’ to the Áras Attracta Swinford Review Group, and membership of the panel of investigators for the Ombudsman for Children.

Liz is also an experienced board member, having served on several boards both in the UK and Ireland, and is currently a non-executive director of the National Advocacy Service.

Dr. Kevin McCoy Kevin McCoy

Kevin began his career as a social work assistant in Northern Ireland, and trained in Social Work at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and College of Deaf Welfare, London.

Kevin has a degree in Economics and Social Policy, a Masters and Doctorate in Public Policy. He joined the Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland in 1972 as a Social Work Adviser and progressed through the ranks, retiring in November 2000 from the position of Chief Inspector, Social Services Inspectorate and Chief Social Work Adviser.

Kevin was appointed by the Irish Government on the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse from December 2000 - May 2003. Since then he has provided consultancy services to a wide range of statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Africa.

Ms. Jacqui McGarvey

Jacqui qualified in 1985 with a BA Hons in Social Policy and Social Administration and Certificate of Qualification in Social Work from Plymouth University. In 2000, she Jacqui McGarveyqualified with a MSSC in Advanced Social Work and Social Work Management and Advanced Award in Social Work Management from Queen’s University, Belfast.  Jacqui has worked within Statutory and Voluntary Agencies within Children and Families, Adult and Disability Services in Northern Ireland for over 30 years.

From 1989, for 10 years, Jacqui worked within the NSPCC as a Senior Manager, in Child and Family Services. From 1999, Jacqui also worked within Southern Social Care Board as Commissioner for Children and Family Services and Policy advisor for Safeguarding Children. In 2003, Jacqui worked within the Department of Health in Northern Ireland as Lead of a Multidisciplinary Review of Hospitals for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. From 2005, Jacqui was Assistant Director within the Health and Social Services Trusts for 11 years within Children and Family Services.  Jacqui has been an Independent Social Work Consultant since June 2016 working in a range of statutory and voluntary agencies with the UK, Ireland, Europe and Middle East.

Jacqui is presently appointed by the Safeguarding Board in Northern Ireland to independently chair Serious Case Management Reviews. Jacqui is a Panel Member for National Independent Review Panel for People with a Disability by the HSE, Ireland.  Jacqui is also a Council Member for the Northern Ireland Social Care Counc

Mr. Colm LehaneColm Lehane

Colm Lehane is Director of Clara Learning Limited, a strategic social work consultancy. He provides services to statutory and independent organisations (in Ireland and the UK) on leadership, management and practice on key operational themes in social work and social care. His specialist areas are safeguarding and risk, integrated assessment  processes, operational management/practice standards, and quality assurance measurement.

A significant proportion of his current projects in Ireland involve the review or investigation of complex safeguarding concerns, including undertaking independent Trust in Care investigations and the provision of specialist safeguarding training solutions. Colm serves on a committee of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council regulatory body CORU.

Colm qualified with a Masters in Social Work from UCC, is a registered social work professional with CORU and is a registered mediator with the Mediation Institute of Ireland.

Ms. Clare Quigley        Clare Agnew                                                                  

 A Graduate of Social Science from University College Dublin, Clare qualified as a professional Social Worker from Queens University in 1976 and has a Masters degree in Social work from the University of Ulster (1999).

Clare worked in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in a range of social work positions delivering mental health services in hospital and community settings. From 2005-2010, she served as a Principal Social Worker in the Southern Health and Social Care Board, commissioning, planning and monitoring Mental Health Services.

She also served as a Social Work member of the Northern Ireland Mental Health Commission monitoring community and hospital facilities from 1997 – 2009 and sat on the Fitness to Practice committee of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council from 2009 – 2017.

 In 2010 Clare was appointed by the Mental Health Commission Ireland to serve as a lay member on Mental Health Tribunals and continues in this role.